OUR COMPANY

WHO IS 89 NORTH?

We’re bringing optical engineering know-how from the world’s greatest science labs, and putting it to use in pioneering ways across a wide range of industries.

Science

Fluorescence has facilitated the advance of human-kind’s understanding of the cellular world, developing a host of new tools and techniques which allow us to understand our world at a microscopic level, both at its surface and deep within it.

We, in combination with our parent company Chroma and the multiple European specialist firms we represent, have pioneered many of these tools, which is why we’ve become pre-eminent suppliers and active consultants to the world’s leading research institutions. 

Innovation

We’re now bringing these same transformational tools, techniques, and know-how to a diverse new set of industrial applications, from medical devices to semiconductors to the automotive industry.

We are applying optical engineering technologies, proven in elite research settings worldwide, to traditional industries.  We are transforming the ability of companies to measure, analyze and refine their products with light.

Future

We’re building unique and innovative OEM manufacturing solutions today that will transform a host of industries tomorrow…. and we’re just getting started.

We believe we can help you too. Let’s talk.

THE POWER OF PEOPLE

Pioneering engineering can’t happen without talented people.  And talented people work best when they’re supported by a culture that actively nurtures them.  That’s why we work so hard on this aspect of our company.  We’re honored that our efforts have been validated by earning B Corporation status, and by winning multiple “Best Places to Work” awards.  Won’t you consider working with us?

ANDREA MESSER

OFFICE MANAGER & INSIDE SALES
Andrea is the backbone of 89 North and has a hand in all areas of the operational side of the business: shipping, receiving, office management, customer service and product support. Chances are, if you call 89 North, Andrea's voice may be the voice greeting you. Outside of the office, Andrea is a Renaissance woman, referring to herself as a "little bit country, a little bit rock and roll."

BOB TRECROCE

TERRITORY MANAGER
Bob provides a crucial link between our sales and tech support teams to our customers. His passion for solving problems is unmatched. His upbeat personality is sure to put a smile on your face if you're fortunate enough to work with him.

GERRY BISSONNETTE

MANUFACTURING & MATERIALS COORDINATOR
Gerry is the man behind our Purchasing department and manages all manufacturing inventory. In addition to his organizational and operational expertise, Gerry is an avid mountain biker and a die-hard Red Sox fan.

MARK LAPLANTE

SENIOR STAFF ENGINEER
Mark is a principle Mechanical Product Design Engineer with over 35 years experience in the equipment/product design and development field (he holds over 50 U.S. and foreign patents). Outside of work, Mark's an avid distance cyclist, owns and repairs pinball machines, and loves to spend warm sunny days on the lake with his wife.

SONNY PARROTTE

PROCESS ENGINEER
Sonny is a Mechanical Engineer who has a talent for the development and implementation of robust processes. Naturally, he leads our efforts to establish an ISO-compliant Quality Management System. A native Vermonter, Sonny can be found snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer, and enjoying Vermont's great beers all year round.

DEREK DESANY

ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN
Derek, part of our optical assembly team, assembles filter wheels that are often used in the automotive industry and other light source devices. Derek's strong attention to detail and focus on efficiency make him a valuable member of this team. When not at work, Derek enjoys weight lifting and playing PC games.

SEAN LIN

TERRITORY MANAGER
Sean is a dedicated professional with over 15+ years experience in the biomedical and industrial microscopy industry. With Sean's expertise and his determination to find the right path, we can build it, fix it and / or improvise it -- Sean wants to work with you to find the best solution for your particular needs.

RYAN SAUER

OPTICAL ENGINEER
Ryan is a talented Optical Engineer who drives the design, modeling, and prototyping of our optical systems. These optical systems will go on to be key components for upcoming products or may be used for internal tests. When not at work, Ryan loves getting out into nature, spending much of his time hiking and taking photos. Ryan is also a film fanatic, and stays up to date on all the latest films.

SAM STATS

PRODUCT ENGINEER
Sam is a jack-of-all trades Engineer. He manages all parts of our LDI product line life cycle, from design, calibration, and production to quality testing and customer support. He's also a core member of our product development team. Outside of work, Sam enjoys being outdoors, cooking, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family.

SCOTT PHILLIPS

DIRECTOR OF SALES
Scott's an Arts & Sciences polymath whose career spans cellular microscopy, software development, and even professional ballet. He leads the sales teams and develops new market opportunities for both 89 North and its parent company, Chroma Technologies.

CHRIS ANDERSON

TERRITORY MANAGER
Chris, an Electrical Engineer, manages sales with distributors, direct sales within the eastern US, and expertly troubleshoots technical assistance with difficult applications. A father of two, Chris enjoys science fiction and has strong opinions about why chunky peanut butter is better than creamy.

TIM AMBROSE

SENIOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Tim heads up our electronics design team and is our resident expert on the physics of laser diodes as they relate to the performance and development of 89 North products. He loves hiking, mountain biking, sailboat racing, and working out.

JULIE MARTIN

GENERAL MANAGER
Julie is a Mechanical Engineer by trade and has been with 89 North since our inception. She oversees all operational activities and steers our business development, product development, and program management efforts. Outside of work, Julie enjoys working out and can be found enjoying the great outdoors and Vermont's farm-to-table cuisine.

MARA NEUFELD RIVERA (MS, SHRM-SCP)

VP, HEAD OF PEOPLE & CULTURE
Mara doesn't just run our HR, she's the queen bee behind our culture. How talented is she? Well, she's just been voted Vermont's HR Professional of the Year.  Outside of work, Mara enjoys family, fencing, traditional bow archery, yoga, and is an active reader of science and history.

GLENN WILKINS

ENGINEERING SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Glenn is a vital part of our product lifecycle management, quality systems, and ISO certifications processes, including product documentation and internal workflows. He also administers Windchill PLM and CAD Management and creates automated processes. Glenn is a devoted family man, loves home improvement projects, and is always looking to invent that Next Big Thing (no luck yet he says!).

Janette Bombardier

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer
Janette's one part leader, one part force of nature. Formerly an IBMer, she leads our engineering, technical, and manufacturing operations. How talented is she? Well, she was named Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2019. Responsibility finds her wherever she goes.  She serves on the Executive Board of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the VT State Workforce Investment Board, and is a Trustee of the VT State College System. To relax, she loves gardening, running, and being on the lake.

TONY COTE

MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN
In addition to building product, Tony provides a vital link in the transition from design to production, informing design aspects as they relate to manufacturability and developing assembly processes. When not in the office, he can be found cooking up a mean BBQ, working in his yard, and playing music with friends.

Newell Lessell

Chief Executive Officer, Chroma
Newell has over 25 years of experience in management and management consulting in a diverse range of industries from automotive to food products. He has overall responsibility for the business and ensuring that we meet our business objectives while holding true to our social values. A former professional mechanic, Newell loves to see things running smoothly. When not working Newell enjoys hiking, biking, and struggling to master classical guitar.

PAUL HUFFAKER

ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN
Paul assembles optical filter wheels used in industrial inspection and the automotive industry and also assembles our light sources, all with a keen eye for quality and continuous improvement. He spends his time outside of work working out, playing guitar and drums, singing, writing poetry, and playing PC games

Dan Johnson

chief financial officer, Chroma
Dan has held senior finance and operational roles in both public and private companies in the US and Canada and has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He and his wife went to their high school prom together! They have three grown children and enjoy gardening, traveling, and spending time with their granddaughter, Dorothy.

OUR VISION, MISSION & VALUES

We believe in the power of individuals — and the firms in which they work — to make a difference in their communities and the broader world.
 
Our vision

Enable and promote innovation to create a healthier, more capable world.

OUR Mission

The objective is to be a world class supplier of high performing, high quality products. We strive to enrich the inquisitive nature of all who work with and for 89 North to contribute to the arc of technology. 

OUR VALUES
  • Commitment to excellence 

  • Trust and respect in all relationships

  • Care for our communities

Social partnership

We partner with organizations who align with our commitment to social responsibility.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Efficiency Vermont

Vermont Environmental Consortium

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